Monthly Archives: February 2013

Well-deserved time out!!

On the beach at Haga Haga

On the beach at Haga Haga

Daniel (my fiancé) and I left for a well-deserved holiday yesterday to Haga Haga on the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape. We are spending time here at a beach cottage with special friends until Tuesday and then we are off to a surprise destination! (Daniel is keeping it a surprise from me)

My lovely friend Lara says going away on holiday should be called a “Mental Wellness Holiday” I think she is 100% correct! We all need a little time out to have a break from the everyday stuff in order to recuperate and rejuvenate. As much as I am absolutely PASSIONATE about my work, it is extremely important to have a break from time to time. Making sure you have a good rest by doing something other than your “normal” work routine at least one day during the week is essential to physical, emotional, and MENTAL wellness. If you can get away or have a change of scenery every now and again is even better!

Whilst on holiday we do enjoy indulging in whatever yummy foods and beverages are available. Daniel calls this “Re-toxing”. We do however still try and keep a balance by having an AIM Prepzyme capsule with all our meals. Aim Prepzymes assist our digestion by adding digestive enzymes to digest the food we are indulging in. We also still have our AIM Garden trio which consists of the AIM Barley Life, Just Carrots and Redibeets. This insures we are getting our full spectrum of phytonutrients from our veggies as if they were organically grown, pesticide free, and just picked veggies. We make sure we are well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Life is all about balance. You really don’t have to be living on carrot and celery sticks in order to be “Healthy”

Shells Collected on the Beach at Haga Haga

Shells Collected on the Beach at Haga Haga

Have a healthy, balanced day!

Love

Nicole

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Comforting, Wholesome Homemade Bread

Bake your own bread!!!

Beautiful, comforting homemade fresh bread!!

Beautiful, comforting homemade fresh bread!!

This recipe is from Quiet Food – a recipe for sanity

Mankomo’s farmhouse bread

Ingredients

500g whole-wheat flour

500g white bread flour

20ml salt

1 sachet instant dried yeast (10g)

The Dough - ready for its first "rising"

The Dough – ready for its first “rising”

80ml melted butter (optional)

750ml – 1 litre water, lukewarm

I have adapted the recipe to use some alternative ingredients

500g whole-wheat flour

500g white bread flour

For the flour I use the Highland Mills flour. Non-GMO, Non-Bleached, stoneground, organic.  Eurika mills flour is also one of my favorites.

Baking pans well oiled with Coconut oil!

Baking pans well oiled with Coconut oil!

20ml Salt

I like to use the Himalayan fine salt (pink salt) contains many minerals and will actually help balance blood pressure as opposed to using normal white table salt (Sodium Chloride) on its own.

1 sachet of instant dried yeast (10g) I use Anchor yeast  or Goldstar

80ml melted butter (optional)

Here I use coconut oil. Coconut oil can withstand high temperatures of heat without making it carcinogenic. Coconut oil has some fantastic health benefits! Have a look at Dr. Mercola’s  video.

White Cheddar and Rosemary or Thyme nice to add to one of the loaves

White Cheddar and Rosemary or Thyme nice to add to one of the loaves

http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/

750 ml to 1 litre water, lukewarm

Be conscious of the water you consume. Work towards filtered or spring water for your daily consumption (if you are not already!)

Method

Mix the dry ingredients together; add the coconut oil. (I do this the other way around)

Gradually mix in the water and knead until you have an elastic dough which comes away from the sides of the bowl. If kneading by hand, do this for at least

The second rising in the Bread pans

The second rising in the Bread pans

10 minutes. If using a food mixer, knead for 3 minutes. (I do have a bread machine but I much prefer doing this all by hand! It just tastes better and you can feel the love that goes into it)

Allow to rise in a warm place, covering the bowl with a cling wrap or placing it inside a plastic bag until the dough has at least doubled in size. (I cover the bowl with a dish cloth and then wrap it all in a towel. Depending on the weather, I normally put two hot water bottles in with the towel alongside the bowl)

I also like to add a bit of grated white cheddar and some awesome fresh Thyme (or any other herbs you may like) to one of the loaves before allowing it to rise for the second time.

Knead briefly and place in two medium size bread pans. (I use coconut oil to oil my bread pans)

Delicous!!

Delicious!!

Fresh Homemade bread!!!

Fresh Homemade bread!!!

Cover and allow to rise again until doubled in volume.

Bake at 200°C for 15 minutes, and then reduce heat to 180°C for a further 45 minutes or so until the loaves give a hollow sound when turned out and knocked with your knuckles.

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